Girl, 8, writes powerful letter to school friend who called her fat

It's not easy for a parent to find out their children have been called nasty names.

One mum was left feeling proud of her eight-year-old daughter after she handled the sticky situation in a respectful manner.

Mel Watts, an Australian blogger, took to social media to praise her child Ivie's response after she was called fat by her friend.

She explained how her daughter had become self-conscious and started weighing herself on the scales after the remark.

But then her youngster realised she wasn't going to let those cruel words get to her so she decided to pen a letter.

Young Ivie wrote a message to her school friend explaining what makes her body so great.

Mel posted a piece of the letter online, which read: "Why would you say it to me I don't like it. It's just like bullying someone.

"I feel like I don't belong to be treated like this and keep on weighing myself but this is my body and I love who I am and will never change it and I don't care what other people or you think of myself but I know that my mummy and daddy and family love me.

"And I don't like constantly weighing myself because I feel like I have to I'm already being called fat.

"But I am beautiful and I don't care how heavy I am so please just stop. I don't like it."

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The mum captioned the photo with praise for her daughter and shared her relief on how the situation was handled.

She said: "There are many moments I have worried that my parenting style isn't working, some of my kids are harder to parent than the next, some are more sensitive and some are much stronger in certain aspects.

"This letter Ivie wrote to a friend who used an unkind name to describe Ivie, it wasn't meant in a nasty way, I think it was more of a conversation but the one word stuck with her.

"It made her feel uncomfortable, stand on scales at home and question her body shape."

Mel added: "Now the other child involved is a different personality to Ivie, a little stronger and has a different sense of humour to sensitive Ivie. Both little girls and both learning their way in the world.

"I'm so proud of Ivie for standing up for her body, and her feelings. I'm also extremely happy that the other girl acknowledged that Ivie's feelings were hurt – they were friends again afterward. She's still learning to write and I'm so proud how far she's come this year."

Other parents who saw the note were also amazed, with one writing: "Kids are horrible and mean thank God she is strong and can hold herself."

Another added: "Ivie! You're my hero."

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